HOUSTON — As soon as once more Deshaun Watson starred in prime time, and on this event it helped the Houston Texans to their first win over the Patriots since 2010.
“I can’t say enough about his willingness to improve, his work ethic, his resiliency,” coach Invoice O’Brien mentioned. “The biggest thing about Deshaun is that he’s the same guy every day, just a very consistent person.”
Watson threw three landing passes and grabbed his first profession TD reception on a nifty trick play that gave Houston a 28-22 win over New England to assist former Patriots assistant O’Brien get his first victory towards his former boss Invoice Belichick in six tries.
Watson improved to 6-2 with 21 landing passes and simply three interceptions in night time video games.
However Watson and the Texans received’t take lengthy to have a good time the victory as they give the impression of being to construct on that success and attempt to win their fourth AFC South title in 5 seasons.
“You have to learn from what you did well and learn from what you didn’t do well and you’ve got to turn the page quickly to the next opponent,” O’Brien mentioned. “Because if you don’t you’re going to be in trouble.”
Watson did an incredible job in spreading the ball round towards New England and accomplished passes to seven totally different gamers. He threw no less than three landing passes for the fifth time this season, which is tied for many within the NFL.
Watson linked with tight finish Darren Fells on a 13-yard landing go to go away him tied for many TD receptions by a decent finish this season with seven, which is a franchise document.
He additionally received operating again Duke Johnson concerned within the passing recreation and he completed with 5 receptions for 54 yards. Johnson was one among two operating backs the Texans added in August after Lamar Miller sustained a season-ending knee harm in a preseason recreation.
“Duke has made some plays for us this year,” O’Brien mentioned. “I think that Duke has improved every week as far as what we’re asking him to do and what his role in the game is.”
Houston’s secondary has improved for the reason that early a part of the season thanks to a few first-round picks that the group has added. Bradley Roby, a first-round choose 2014, had an interception that led to the group’s first landing Sunday and added a sack in his return after lacking 5 video games with a hamstring harm.
The group has additionally gotten a lift from the addition of Gareon Conley, a first-round choose in 2017 who was traded from Oakland in October, and Vernon Hargreaves, chosen within the first spherical in 2016, and added by Houston after his launch from Tampa Bay final month.
“Those guys have come in, they’ve done well, they’ve tried to do the things that we’re asking them to do,” O’Brien mentioned. “(Roby) had a pretty good game last night, made a big play there that got us going. His interception got us going … but those guys have played well, so it’s been good.”
WHAT NEEDS HELP
Whereas Watson has Houston’s passing recreation going sturdy, the Texans have to work and get their operating recreation again on observe. The Texans managed simply 52 yards dashing towards New England for his or her second-lowest complete this season.
Houston nostril deal with D.J. Reader set profession highs with seven tackles and 4 quarterback hits on Sunday night time. It was his fifth profession recreation with two or extra quarterback hits and the efficiency gave him 9 this season, which ties his profession excessive. Reader, who’s in his fourth season, additionally had a deal with for loss towards the Patriots to offer him a career-best six this season.
WR Keke Coutee was inactive for the second straight recreation regardless of being wholesome. The transfer got here after the second-year professional performed two weeks in the past after being lively however not enjoying within the earlier two video games. Coutee, who has struggled with accidents in his quick profession, has 16 receptions for 179 yards this season.
O’Brien mentioned Conley, who sat out Sunday with a hip harm, might return this week. … O’Brien refused to verify or deny a report that mentioned DE J.J. Watt, who had pectoral surgical procedure, might return for the postseason. “I’m not going to get into all those things,” he mentioned. “There’s a lot of all that stuff that was out there. I don’t know where that comes from.”
Three — The Texans didn’t commit a turnover for the third time this season and are Three-Zero in these video games.
In addition to Watson has been enjoying, he’ll have to proceed to enhance if the Texans hope to wrap up the division title. Tennessee is one recreation behind Houston in second place within the division with each matchups towards the Titans coming within the closing three weeks of the season.